Over 4th of July week, we took, what used to be, our typical family camping vacation to Washington, ME. This used to be an annual family tradition that started when Abigail, now 10, was 2 years old! We haven’t been in 3 years, since now 3 year old Emily was 6 months old and we tented through the onslaught on Hurricane Arthur. It was quite an experience!
We call this “unconventional” camping because we are not at a campground, but we essentially turn our friends yard on Washington Pond into a tent city!
This year there were 15 of us! You can see some of the fun we had:
And all the kids learned!
Abigail took the kayak across the pond all by herself, started learning how to read a map and navigate without the aid of a GPS, made a new friend, cooked on the camp stove and even found some time to read!
Caleb helped break an old pontoon boat down for firewood:
Caleb and Abigail both helped keep the fire going, helped the guys put the dock in the water:
And Emily did Emily lol
We even had an Independence day History Lesson!
We had planned to take the same 2 days to get home as well, stopping, once again, in our family camp, but because Friday was supposed to be rainy and we REALLY didn’t want to be packing tents and stuff up in the rain for many reasons, we left an additional day early (Thursday) and spent 2 days at the house in Kittery, ME. We decided to spend Thursday afternoon on our beach and the rainy Friday in Portland, ME visiting 2 Museums that were on our bucket list: The Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum and the International Cryptozoology Museum.
The Cryptozoology Museum is pretty cool. Like the railroad museum, it’s kind if hard to get to. It’s in the back of the bunch of buildings next to an EXTREMELY popular brewery (I think it might be one of those make your own type things, the like was SUPER long). If you enter in through the front of the building, you have to walk through the pizza shop, but there’s a sign directing you through so they must be used to it lol, we discovered after the fact that there was an entrance at the right side of the building for the museum. Here’s a video of our experience. You can’t take video inside the museum, but photos are ok.